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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Drug Trafficking Organization Distributor Sentenced To 46 Months In Prison For Conspiring To Sell Heroin In New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. – A Brick, New Jersey, member of a large-scale drug trafficking organization was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for distributing heroin in Ocean and Monmouth counties and elsewhere in New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Richard Durham, 28, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to distribute heroin. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.  

In March 2014, 19 other alleged members of the drug trafficking organization of which Durham was a member were charged by criminal complaint with conspiring to distribute heroin. The complaint referred to the drug trafficking organization as the “Britt-Young DTO,” after its leaders, Robert Britt, a/k/a “True,” and Rufus Young, a/k/a “Equan,” a/k/a “E-Money,” a/k/a “Kintock.” Of those 19 individuals, 14 have pleaded guilty.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From November 2013 through March 2014, Durham conspired with Rufus Young and others to distribute heroin in Ocean and Monmouth counties as part of the Britt-Young DTO. At his plea hearing, Durham admitted he possessed and distributed between 60 and 80 grams of heroin.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Durham to serve three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, Red Bank Resident Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Grippo of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

Defense Counsel: Scott Krasny Esq., West Trenton, New Jersey

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Updated May 19, 2015